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Netanyahu to Visit India With 130 Businessmen

14 January 2018

The visit come months after PM Modi's trip to Israel in July a year ago - a first by an Indian Prime Minister since the two countries established diplomatic ties only in 1992 even as India had recognized the Jewish state soon after it was founded.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will arrive in New Delhi on Sunday on a six-day visit during which both the strategic partners will aim to further expand ties on a range of key areas including defence and trade besides deliberating on Israel-Palestine relationship.

During his visit in July previous year, PM Modi was received by Netanyahu at the airport, and was accorded the kind of welcome by every religious sect that is reserved for popes and U.S. presidents.

Modi's standalone visit to Israel in July this year celebrated 25 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the Jewish state in July previous year, becoming the first Indian premier to do so.

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and pressed the importance of maintaining Iran's nuclear accord, the Elysee Palace said on Saturday. He will also lay wreath at Taj Hotel Mumbai and pay a visit to Nariman House - Chabad Centre.

However, Rafael also said that India has canceled a separate $ 500 million deal for the purchase of Spike anti-tank missiles.

The visit by Israeli PM comes a little more than six months after Narendra Modi visited the Jewish state.

On the strong bond between the two leaders which was driving the current Indo-Israeli ties, Carmon said the relationship between India and Israel is an "all-weather friendship".

Netanyahu will be leading a high-profile delegation comprising 130 businessmen from 102 Israeli companies drawn from areas like agriculture, water, cybersecurity, healthcare and security.

Also, India last month voted in favor of a United Nations resolution denouncing President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had told reporters that Netanyahu will hold a roadshow with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad on Jan 17.

Israel lobbied for support from countries like India, but Netanyahu said on Wednesday he saw no setback in relations.

Netanyahu to Visit India With 130 Businessmen